Can Aloe Vera cure, help, treat or prevent Arthritis?
The following information is for humans with Arthritis
Introduction to Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage in the joints wears away causing the bones to rub against each other.
Rheumatoid Arthritis usually extends to the whole body and is the inflamation of the cartilage where the bones join. This causes a loss of synovial fluid.
Both forms cause a stiffening of joints due to the body's own 'grease' drying up. Strangely enough it is not the lack of liquid in the joints that causes most of the pain but the inflammation around the joint. This causes the muscles to swell and ache.
Aloe Vera is naturally anti-inflammatory. It will move through the body to the swelling and calm the inflammation. Its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties will also help fight any secondary infection. The result is less pain even though the arthritis is not cured (there is no known 'cure' for arthritis). Many choose Aloe Vera over conventional drugs because it is a natural anti-inflammatory.
For more information on Arthritis see the Wikipedia page on Arthritis
Using Aloe Vera for Arthritis
Drink a very high quality Aloe Vera Gel two or three times daily. Generally 30 minutes before breakfast and lunch and last thing before bed. The amount you drink is up to you. Generally speaking start with a small amount (1 desert spoon, 3 times a day) and build it up (at least 2 tablespoons, 3 times a day). If the arthritis is severe and the general state of health is poor this may require 1-2 litres per week initially until improvements are seen. A 'maintenance dose of around 60ml two times a day should then suffice.
WHY? Aloe is naturally anti-inflamatory and so will calm the swelling around the joints. Aloe is also a natural pain inhibitor.
Take 6 high quality Fish Oil tablets high in Omega 3 (to ensure this only use tablets made with the oil of fish from below the artic ice caps)
WHY? This fish oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA) which blocks the process where aracidonic acid converted into inflammatory prostaglandins. This then helps control the pain and inflammation
Take 6 capsules (2 before each meal) of a pure and easy to digest garlic supplement.
WHY? Garlic is a powerful antioxidant which also helps strengthen the body's own immune system.
Massage a mixture of Eucalyptus and Aloe Vera (where Aloe is the number one ingredient) into the skin around affected joints
WHY? The Eucalyptus oil stimulates blood movement near the skins surface which helps calm the pain around joints such as the knees, ankles, elbows and fingers. The Aloe takes the Eucalyptus deep into the skin where it can be more effective.
How long will it take for Aloe Vera to work with Arthritis?
Recovery time will depend on the overall state of health and the quality of the products used. As a general rule of thumb you should allow one month for every year you have had arthritis. Other factors include other ailments you suffer from and the quality of your diet.
Articles and Studies about Aloe Vera and Arthritis
Aloe Vera and Digestion, Irritable Bowel and Arthritis - The Aloe Vera Information Centre (1997)